Adrenal tumors can be broadly characterized by whether they are either functioning or non-functioning or by whether they are benign or malignant.
The adrenal glands make 2 general types of hormones. The outer part of the adrenal gland makes cortisol and cortisol-like hormones. The central portion of the gland makes adrenaline or adrenaline-like hormones. Most adrenal tumors prove to be benign, and thus it follows that most hormone–producing tumors are benign. However, fortunately most large adrenal tumors are also benign.
Here at the Weill Cornell endocrine oncology program we will be providing you with cutting-edge technology and most innovative procedures like CT-sans, MRIs, PET scans and cancer markers that are found in your blood so we can reach a definite diagnosis. After we collect the pertinent information you will be walked through the treatment process under the supervision of our world renowned experts using a multidisciplinary approach. At the endocrine oncology program your doctor will help you choose the most appropriate treatment modality that is based on the most recent evidence based medicine managefment protocols.
The majority of the adrenal tumors and surgically removed, and here we use minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopic surgery, robotically assisted surgery, or ablation that accelerates your recovery period and reduces length of stay in the hospital. Usually most patient can resume most activities within days of surgery if we use these approaches.
In specifics cases novel therapies and imaging technology provided by our physicians and scientist at our program will be used to optimize your outcome.
Several research protocols and molecular targeting techniques have been developed here that some patients are candidates for to more specifically target their tumor.
Below are some of the major types of adrenal tumors and syndromes;
- Cushing's Syndrome
- Adrenocortical Carcinoma
- Non-functional adrenal tumors